27 August 2014
In 2002, most people still drove hatchbacks and saloons. The BMW X5 had only been on sale a couple of years, and there weren't that many SUVs around. Volvo, though, showed it was in tune with the times when the company revealed the XC90. With 7-seater practicality, a stylish SUV image and raised ride height, the SUV proved very popular indeed. So popular, in fact, that's it's still selling well now, 12 years later.
20 August 2014
Have you ever wondered which was faster around a track: the Ford Transit or the Mercedes Sprinter? (Based on names alone you'd have to go for the Sprinter). No? How surprising. Still, that's what AutoExpress has done: pitted them head to head in one of their track battles. And the results are a lot more entertaining than you might imagine. I'd never have thought you could have such fun in a gigantic van, but it seems you can. I'll take the Transit, please.
14 August 2014
Okay, it's not exactly a new concept. Toyota did bring the FT-1 to the Detroit Auto Show - and we were all pretty amazed then. But my, what a change of colour can do. Where the original red FT-1 looked just a touch boy-racer-y, in this stunning shade of graphite grey, the FT-1 looks a whole lot more stylish and civilized.
12 August 2014
Thinking of going on a supercar track day? But don't want to bring the despairingly average Lamborghini Aventador or Ferrari 458? Well then, you need to bring along the same car that this shrinking violet brought to his supercar track day - a Mercedes G63 AMG 6x6. It may not be the fastest way around the circuit, but it sure as hell is one of the most unusual ways of getting round it.
6 August 2014
If you're thinking of getting a Land Rover Discovery Sport when it's released next year, then this video demonstrates the kinds of things the car can do, and also the kinds of things you really should do when you get your car. After all, what's the point in having a car that can cope with such extreme and diverse environments, if all you do is mount the odd kerb when there's not much parking around...? Just, er, try not to scratch your expensive new car when you do try it.
31 July 2014
If you've ever wondered what 246mph feels like on the public road... well you're probably never going to experience it. Sorry. But, as ever, YouTube comes to the rescue, allowing you to experience it vicariously through the magic of streaming video. In short, it looks fast. Insanely fast. And the Bugatti Veyron SS in question also sounds utterly incredible as it speeds past at 246.4mph. It's like a ground-based jet fighter. And, before you ask, yes, the road was closed.
30 July 2014
Driverless cars are almost certainly the future, whether they arrive by 2020 as some car makers are predicting, or later. However, in order to reach that goal, these cars have to be tested on real roads, with other real road users and the resultant unpredictable conditions. That's what Google has been doing in California, but UK companies developing the tech have so far had to make do with private roads.
23 July 2014
The new Honda NSX is one of those cars that's been known about for a very long time, and yet is still a way from going into production. In fact, Honda first talked about a new NSX back in 2007, though those plans were shelved with the whole economic crisis malarky. Fast-forward to 2011, and reports emerged that Honda was back on to developing a new NSX - plans which were confirmed with the first concept car in 2012. Since then we've seen another couple of concepts, but still no production version.
21 July 2014
If you're a fan of high performance cars and cycling, well, the two don't normally go together. You can't exactly fit a couple of bikes on the back of a Lamborghini Aventador (I assume - I've never looked into it). But now, Jaguar has just come up with an F-Type R Coupe that has a unique "racking solution".
18 July 2014
Summer's here, the sun's out (very much so as I write this) and it's therefore the perfect time of year to go to a car show. Wilton Classic & Supercar springs to mind, it being just around the corner on Sunday, August 10th. Quite conveniently then, we have 5 pairs of tickets to give away for the event, courtesy of our friends at Castrol.